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    Default Blessed with suck: living with ADD

    There is discrimination against those with ADD.

    You can't blame those who don't believe in its existence. ADD DOES sound like the perfect excuse for someone who is lazy. (which is a common lable for with people ADD)

    And you can't blame people for thinking people with ADD must be mentally retarded. It IS considered to be a learning disability.

    As a result, I wouldn't dare to include such a thing on any written application.
    (like my college apps)

    I believe there are a lot of good things that have come from my being ADD.
    But obviously there are obstacles.

    Part of becoming sucessful despite such obstacles is learning how work around things that can't be "fixed."

    What I would like to happen in this thread is a sharing of experiences with ADD and hopefully lessons learned. How to better manage.

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    ADHD, why do i hate thee?

    Oh let me count the ways...

    (but not right now b/c I'm being xmas lazy)

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    Alot of times people with ADD are actually LAZY because of their ADD, simple tasks become huge detours, I know I am one of these people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dylate View Post
    Alot of times people with ADD are actually LAZY because of their ADD, simple tasks become huge detours, I know I am one of these people.
    QFT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nescio View Post
    There is discrimination against those with ADD.

    You can't blame those who don't believe in its existence. ADD DOES sound like the perfect excuse for someone who is lazy. (which is a common lable for with people ADD)

    And you can't blame people for thinking people with ADD must be mentally retarded. It IS considered to be a learning disability.

    As a result, I wouldn't dare to include such a thing on any written application.
    (like my college apps)

    I believe there are a lot of good things that have come from my being ADD.
    But obviously there are obstacles.

    Part of becoming sucessful despite such obstacles is learning how work around things that can't be "fixed."

    What I would like to happen in this thread is a sharing of experiences with ADD and hopefully lessons learned. How to better manage.
    Basically, now I am embracing the gifts of the style of learning and thinking that is ADHD. I am thankful I have it!

    I am tireless, I have no limits on my physical energy.

    I am always in a good mood.

    I am extremely creative.

    I can make obtuse connections, extrapolations, and relevant abstractions on anything I am actively thiniking on, and in real time on new events as my entire past can be called upon and made relevant in the here and now. It's just that getting things into my "base" of info. is the hard part, especially if it is material that is new and that I am not interested in. I learn very quickly if I am into something, but if I am not. :zzz: I fall asleep in meetings if I am not participating, presenting, or at least in need of being there. :yim_rolling_on_the_

    I can multi-task like a mutha-fu&#a!

    When I was a kid though, behavior issues in school, wild, discipline problems (e.g. taking on teachers regularly, frequent physical altercations, etc.).

    Also, I had major impulse control issues as a kid, and still have to consciously keep that in check, albeit less of a chore than it was 10 years ago.

    I've embraced my ADHD, but historically it was a huge mountain to overcome, and I didn't even know I was on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    ADHD, why do i hate thee?

    Oh let me count the ways...

    (but not right now b/c I'm being xmas lazy)


    Quote Originally Posted by dylate View Post
    Alot of times people with ADD are actually LAZY because of their ADD, simple tasks become huge detours, I know I am one of these people.
    Guilty!
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    I was diagnosed with ADD a long time ago.

    Basically, when I was in elementary/middle school, I was a hellish little bastard to my teachers. I just couldn't control myself. I couldn't pay attention, would get bored, and would start acting out all the time. It got so bad that I was given tons of special attention to try and "fix" the issue.

    My Mom brought me to a psychologist/psychiatrist/whatever-the-fuck-it-was who said that I had ADD, and explained to me using a model of the brain that a certain part of my brain sucked and that's what was causing me to act out. She prescribed me Concerta to treat it.

    The drug worked in-terms of fixing my acting out, and improved my school work pretty drastically. It had nasty side effects though. It pretty much just turned me into a zombie (apathetic to everything, monotone speech, etc), made me irritable and pissed off, killed my appetite completely, and destroyed sleeping. These side effects pretty much destroyed my social-life/potential-social-life, and made life generally unpleasent.

    I kept taking it up until the end of high school, but when I got to college I decided that I actually wanted to make some friends and be social with more people than I was in high school. I stopped taking it, and I don't know if it was because I was more mature, had a new mindset, and or I had ADD and it got better, but I've found that I don't need any sort of pills to help me do well in school anymore if I just push myself hard enough.

    I can definitely still feel the effects of not being able to concentrate well, but college let's me do my own thing in such a way that I make it work for me. I generally don't learn much in actual classes, but rather do everything in huge bursts of intense focus when I fall into the right mood. That and of course, doing everything at the last minute =D

    That's pretty much all I've got to say on it. It sucks ass, but it gets much better after high school.
    The probability that I was procrastinating when I was typing this post:

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    P(posting on TypoC) = 0.2
    P(having big assignment due | posting on TypoC) = 0.7

    P(posting on TypoC | having big assignment due) = .......


    Eh, I'll finish it later.

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    Uh Uh, LeT mE iNveNT an ILLneSS cuZ sChooL is BOring
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Uh Uh, LeT mE iNveNT an ILLneSS cuZ sChooL is BOring
    God already did, it's called nymphomania.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Uh Uh, LeT mE iNveNT an ILLneSS cuZ sChooL is BOring
    Not gonna lie, I don't really deny possibility that I never had any sort of illness and part of me is just a scatter-brained monkey. Either way, life is good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    God already did, it's called nymphomania.
    lol
    The probability that I was procrastinating when I was typing this post:

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    P(posting on TypoC | having big assignment due) = .......


    Eh, I'll finish it later.

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    I think ADD is complete and utter dung. Bunch of shrinks, pill pushers in suits, etc. making tons of money off exploiting natural human growth stages, that are not in sync with the unrealistic expectations of modern society.

    Feed a kid or an adult a Pop Tart for breakfast, or some sugar laden over processed refined grain...give them carbonated corn syrup water at regular intervals. Take away the opportunities for physical activity human beings are designed for.

    Sure, you'll get "ADD" like symptoms in mass. Some of what they call symptoms are just frickn' normal, we're people dammit we're not machines.

    If ADD does indeed exist in absence of the aforementioned? It's very very rare, about as rare as manic dimensia...when I was a kid. There were only three kids in my entire school career that had those types of struggles.

    Now everybody and their dog's got it and taking pills.

    What's changed over that time frame? 1. Diet 2. Less physical activity. 3. Technology keeps people up late.

    There are a few examples of schools that made changes in the cafeteria, took out vending machines, allowed for recess activities, etc. Guess what. The vast majority of the schools who took those steps have kids that can sit still, are able to focus, and/or at least behave.

    *steps off soapbox*

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